Swords of the Covenanters: Robert Traill at the Execution of Montrose #History #Scotland

Two swords that belonged to the minister Robert Traill are held in Greyfriars Church in Edinburgh.

Traill attended the execution of the Marquis of Montrose in 1650. According to his own manuscript:

“[Montrose] went up the Ladder in his red scarlet casoke, in a verie stately maner, & never spake a word but when the executioner was putting the cord about his necke, he looked doune to the people on the scaffold, & asked, how long should I hang here? When my Colleague & I saw him casten over the ladder, we returned to the Commission…”.

The museum at Greyfriars is at the back of the kirk below the organ.

 

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~ by drmarkjardine on October 23, 2016.

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